A few postgame notes from the Mets’ 5-2 win over the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium:
- Pedro Feliciano seemed to be fine despite leaving the game with two outs in the seventh inning after getting hit on the right kneecap with a comebacker. Feliciano threw a couple of warmup pitches, and once he did that, Jerry Manuel didn’t see the point of leaving him in the game. “I was like, ‘What the heck. If you got to throw pitches, I need to get you out of there,” Manuel said.
- The Mets may have found a set-up man in Ryota Igarashi – now that they have stopped messing with his head. After trying to get him to change his grip on his curve ball, and then teaching him a slider, the Mets have decided to just let Igarashi pitch his way. As a result, Igarashi is pitching with more attitude, and it showed Thursday night in his strikeouts of Dan Uggla and Cody Ross. Igarashi just relied on his splitter and fastball, which reached 95 mph on the gun.
“I like the fight,” Manuel said. “He showed me a little fight. I like the expression on the mound after you feel like you get a big out – like that. Hopefully we can use him. Use him in that role.”
Said Igarashi, “It’s good to get back to my style of pitching.”
The Mets will use Igarashi in back-to-back outings for the first time this weekend. He is scheduled to pitch Saturday and Sunday.
- Jeff Francoeur and Jason Bay each homered
- Oliver Perez was adequate, allowing six hits and two runs over four innings. He is keeping his walks down, however, and struck out two. Plus, Manuel sets the bar low for him. “Ollie was good,” Manuel said. “I think if Ollie can continue to minimize the traffic a little bit, and two runs in four innings, we’ll take that every time.”